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How to Get a First : The Essential Guide to Academic Success - Thomas Dixon

How to Get a First

The Essential Guide to Academic Success

Hardcover Published: 27th September 2004
ISBN: 9780415317320
Number Of Pages: 192

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In this informative guide, Thomas Dixon argues that you do not have to be a genius to get a first at university. He sets out to de-mystify first-class degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences, clearly articulating the difference between the excellent and the merely competent in undergraduate work.

This concise, no-nonsense guidebook will give prospective and current students advice on teaching and learning styles that prevail in university and on how to manage their two most important resources - their time and their lecturers. In an accessible and entertaining style, the author looks at subjects such as:

  • making the transition from school to university
  • developing transferable skills
  • making use of lectures and seminars
  • using libraries and the Internet
  • note-taking, essays, seminars and presentations
  • common mistakes to avoid
  • writing with clarity and style
  • revision and examinations.

Illustrated with many examples from a range of academic disciplines, How to Get a First is an all-purpose guide to success in academic life. Visit the companion website www.getafirst.com

Industry Reviews

'[How to Get a First] is the title of an excellent guide by Thomas Dixon ... it is a compilation of what he wishes he had known before he went to university.' - The Daily Telegraph

'This is not some sort of get rich (top grades) quick scheme but a collection of good advice.' - Physical Sciences Educational Reviews

Taking Aim: The Task and the Resources
Lectures, Classes and Seminars
Libraries and Reading Lists
Reading and Taking Notes from Books and Articles
Using the Internet
Planning Essays, Presentations and Dissertations
Giving a Presentation
Writing Essays and Dissertation I: The Basics
Writing Essays and Dissertations II: Arguing with Style
Revision and Exams
How to Get a First
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ISBN: 9780415317320
ISBN-10: 0415317320
Series: Routledge Study Guides
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 27th September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1